Arts Writers Grant Program

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is pleased to announce its 2020 grantees. The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

In its 2020 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant awarded a total of $675,000 to 22 writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies.

2020 Arts Writers Grantees


Angie Baecker “The Art Group and the Avant Garde: Collective Practices and the Socialist Legacy in Contemporary China”
Cecilia Fajardo-Hill “Patssi Valdez: ‘I dare you question me,’ A Radical Photographic Portraiture”
Erica Moiah James “Juan Francisco Elso: La luz de las cosas / The Light of Things”
Arnold Joseph Kemp “Who is this black, queer curator? If you don’t remember it and do him, his last name is McShine”
Oluremi C. Onabanjo “The Conditions of the Archive: Marilyn Nance and FESTAC 77”


Sergio Delgado Moya A Nervous Archive: Sensationalism and the Potency of Horror
Ariel Goldberg Just Captions: Ethics of Trans and Queer Image Cultures
Naeem Mohaiemen + Anjali Singh Harmit Singh’s War
Jerry Philogene The Socially Dead and Improbable Citizen: Visualizing Haitian Liberation
Jeannine Tang Living Legends: The Art and Care of Queer and Transgender History
Joseph L. Underwood Forging a New Contemporary: Art from Senegal in Transnational Networks, 1974-1984

Short-Form Writing

Ratik Asokan
Jessica Baran
Barbara Calderón
Dan Fox
Bean Gilsdorf
Colony Little
Jessica Lynne
Lauren O’Neill-Butler
Amy Taubin
Monica Uszerowicz

Art Writing Workshop

The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is pleased to continue its partnership with AICA (the International Association of Art Critics, USA section) to give practicing writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics. For a list of the ten 2020 Art Writing Workshop participants, visit our Workshop page.

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Concerning Stephen Willats and the Social Function of Art: Experiments in Cybernetics and Society, by Sharon Irish, is now available for pre-order via Bloomsbury.

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The Smell of Risk: Environmental Disparities and Olfactory Aesthetics​, by Hsuan Hsu, is now available to purchase via NYU Press.

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The Ostracon is a blog project by Paul Schmelzer and Nicole J. Karuth that looks at art’s peripheries for insight into how art can be more responsive to community. 

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Georgia is a collaborative blog project by Suzy Halajian, Shoghig Halajian, Anthony Carfello devoted to the critical potential of artistic practice.

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